WATCH: Michael Chandler Issues a Hilarious Call Out to Dustin Poirier

Published 03/10/2021, 7:30 AM EST
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 23: Michael Chandler battles Dan Hooker during the UFC 257 event at UFC Fight Island on January 23, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)


UFC lightweight Michael Chandler shared a hilarious video grab that sees him partake in a viral TikTok trend from 2020. ‘Iron’ Chandler put his own spin on the ‘Dogg Face Challenge’ that captures him downing Dustin Poirier’s hot sauce. Additionally, this came in as a clear shot at ‘The Diamond’ who has been a long-standing target for Chandler.

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Chiefly, the challenge was started by TikTok user Nathan Apocada who took a swig of cranberry juice while lip-syncing a 1970s classic. The aforementioned trend was replicated across the platform and really took on a life of its own.

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With Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Dreams’ playing in the background, Michael Chandler whizzed by in a toy car and captured everyone’s attention. The trend which became popular in late 2020 was a perfect opportunity for fans to vibe a classic. Chandler’s unique spin on the trend which doubles up as a call-out in some way is definitely a savvy move.

Michael Chandler: An all-round package

Chiefly, out of competition shenanigans aside, Michael Chandler has proven that he’s a highly viable commodity at 155-pounds. He made his debut in the UFC back at UFC 257 and captured the attention of fans. Chandler would earn a first-round TKO of top-ranked lightweight Dan Hooker who came in as a bonafide contender.

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Not to mention, Michael Chandler has been putting his money where his mouth is for a meaningful period of time. He’s a three-time former Bellator MMA champion, and he’s faced some of the best that the organization had to offer. He came into the UFC as a megastar free agent after rounding out his Bellator contract with a TKO over Benson Henderson.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 23: (R-L) Michael Chandler punches Dan Hooker of New Zealand in a lightweight fight during the UFC 257 event inside Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 23, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Michael Chandler has Semtex laced in his hands and can stop any lightweight fighter with a vicious barrage of strikes. Moreover, his prowess in the wrestling department is an untapped commodity so far in the UFC. With a decorated wrestling background and powerful punching abilities, there’s no wonder that Chandler is confident.

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Furthermore, as seen in the aforementioned video, he knows how to generate a conversation around his every move. It’s merely a matter of time before the entire MMA community galvanizes behind him for the star power he has put forth.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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